1. killagain2007's Avatar
    Make iTunes Previews your iPhone's custom ringtone

    Did you know that iTunes offers short audio samples or previews of its entire library as free downloads? I am talking about those 30 second clips of every song on iTunes that you can listen to before you buy. That makes these iTunes previews perfect ringtones as a ringtone is usually nothing but a tiny snippet of a song and not the entire song.

    The good news for iPhone users is that an iPhone hack can help you download these audio previews from iTunes and install them onto your iPhone as custom ringtones.

    I was not aware that iTunes freely offers these short audio previews of its entire library. It might not have been a big deal until now, however as mentioned earlier an iPhone hack will help you use audio previews as custom ringtones on your iPhone.

    Thanks to the folks at Tuaw below are the steps that you need to follow to make this work:

    "1. Create a new playlist: Drag unpurchased songs from the iTunes store into your playlist. The songs will retain their "Add Song" buttons and their price within the playlist.

    2. Export your playlist: Select the playlist in the sources column. Control-click/Right-click the playlist name and choose Export Song List from the pop-up menu.

    3. Save the playlist as plain text: Select Plain Text from the Format pop-up and save the playlist file to your desktop.

    4. Open the playlist file: It is a tab-delimited file of columns, so you can open it up in Excel (my preference, make sure to option-drag the text file onto the Excel icon) or a text editor like TextEdit.

    5. Locate the file URLs: Each file URL appears in the final Location column for each line. Copy the URL.

    6. Download the files: In Safari 3.0, open the Downloads window (Windows->Downloads). Paste the URL into the Download window and allow the file to transfer. Your computer must be authorized to your iTunes account. You may want to try playing back the file in QuickTime Player just to be sure it downloaded correctly. If you're not a Safari 3.0 user, use your favorite alternate such as curl, wget, or so forth.

    7. Rename: Give the file a more meaningful name than, for example, "mzi.rwgtaash.aac.p.m4p". Retain the .m4p extension.

    8. Upload to the iPhone: Use your favorite method (iphoneinterface, sshfs, sftp, whatever) to copy the file to /Library/Ringtones on your iPhone.

    9. Select the ringtone: On the iPhone, navigate to Settings -> Sound > Ringtone and select the new file. The ringtone will play back as you select it."

    Folks at Tuaw are also reporting that some newer music releases do not work as ringtones and have not been able to figure out the reason. But you still have zillions of songs to choose from so you shouldn't be complaining. Enjoy!!
    2007-07-29 05:20 AM
  2. I8MyiPhone's Avatar
    too much work..download music from were ever you like to pirate your songs from then just use whatever software you like to cut 30 seconds out of a song. thats too much work. or if you like go to pinstack.com and go to media section for list of places with free ringtones. pinstack is a blackberry forum.
    2007-07-29 05:48 AM
  3. Criss's Avatar
    too much work..download music from were ever you like to pirate your songs from then just use whatever software you like to cut 30 seconds out of a song. thats too much work. or if you like go to pinstack.com and go to media section for list of places with free ringtones. pinstack is a blackberry forum.
    this is illegal, and while not everyone here may abide by the law to a T we do try to keep from advocating piracy on the forums.
    2007-07-30 08:45 PM
  4. JedixJarf's Avatar
    I just use garage band to make ringtones.
    2007-07-30 09:31 PM
  5. I8MyiPhone's Avatar
    thats why i said it like that......use whatever songs you have....im just saying its too much work going to itunes to do that whole faQ.
    2007-07-31 04:29 AM
  6. Jasper44's Avatar
    This method only takes about 30 seconds...I have a problem though if anyone can help. When I get the 30 second clip and upload it to the phone it doesnt play on the phone.
    2007-08-03 09:47 AM
  7. Ozymandius=girl's Avatar
    i think apple changed something because i can't see the url in the text file.. can someone upload a pic of where the text is in their exported file..
    2007-09-02 04:49 PM
  8. OwingsMillsAlex's Avatar
    Too much work. I use iPhoneRingToneMaker and boom all done in a matter of seconds. No fuss and no muss.
    <--- I'm new so don't hit me just yet.
    2007-09-02 05:42 PM
  9. Ozymandius=girl's Avatar
    i just want to know how... to have options I know how to make ringtones i use amadius i just want to know..
    2007-09-02 08:25 PM
  10. RealRitzcracker's Avatar
    I can't find the url either.
    2007-11-16 05:59 AM
  11. RC_OZ's Avatar
    I use sendsong. just one button, you've got ringtone.
    2007-11-16 06:26 AM
  12. RealRitzcracker's Avatar
    Whats sendsong
    2007-11-17 12:28 AM
  13. RC_OZ's Avatar
    Its an app to make ringtones from whatever songs you have in iTunes.

    Its in Installer. look for it.

    In addition to ringtones, you can send song to email, share song, etc. And its free.
    2007-11-18 08:21 PM
  14. aqd84's Avatar
    hi there i used send song.. I send it to my ringtone.. and when i click to use it.. i use another cell to call it but it just has the marimba song??? i cut the song to 30 seconds and used mp3 format.. is does it have to be on another format??


    UPDATE: Ok nevermind i figured it out.. lol all you have to do i then turn off the phone and back on again.. and it works.. man this method is so easy!!! thanks [email protected]!!!!
    Last edited by aqd84; 2007-11-19 at 02:23 AM.
    2007-11-19 02:10 AM
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